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York Cold War Bunker

Monument Close, off Acomb Road, York YO24 4HT, England
+44 1904 646940
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Ranked #8 of 133 Attractions in York
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Experience the threat of nuclear war at York Cold War Bunker! On a fascinating guided tour, learn how volunteers would have played a vital role in... more » Owner description: Experience the threat of nuclear war at York Cold War Bunker! On a fascinating guided tour, learn how volunteers would have played a vital role in ensuring that Britain could survive a nuclear attack. The atmospheric 1960s semi-subterranean bunker is just as it was when stood down in 1991, and the one hour guided tour is enhanced by a short film. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays: admission by guided tour at the following times: 10.00, 11.15, 11.45, 13.00, 14:15, 15.30 And 17:00. « less
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Melbourne, Australia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
40 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

While it did leave the kids with some scary images, it was definitely well worth hunting down this relic of the cold war. The guide was very knowledgeable and tailored her presentation to the family.

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zouch
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56 reviews 56 reviews
17 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

visited this through english heritage card. just north of york in a housing estate there are no brown signs but trun near the carlton tavern big pub on the main york road. theres free parking at the end of the drive. tours are set for fri sat and sun currently until it takes off. the tour guide Ross was fantastic... More

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
24 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

This was an interesting site and worth the visit. My only criticism would be that the hour-long tour seemed completely unnecessary. This site would be better as self guided.

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york
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This is not an easy place to find as for some reason it is not very well signposted. However it is definitely worth a visit as you do step back in time. I went with someone who had no recollection of the cold war, but who still found the experience very interesting. The guide we had was articulate and informative.

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Tucked away in a residential area, this is a great way to spend a couple of hours being guided through a slice of Cold War history that most never knew about.

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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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38 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

As others have said, it's position is quiet surprising in the middle of a housing estate. However this is explained on the tour. The tour guide was very good and we learnt much about how people would survive in a nuclear attack in the 60's, it was not much protection as you will learn. The building was full of 60's-80's... More

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York, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

What a surprise to find this in a residential area of York. We learnt so much about the Cold War and life and perceptions at the time and our guide was very knowledgeable. A must for anyone interested in history.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Wasn't sure what to expect when our friend suggested going here on our visit to York, but we had a great time. Really interesting insight to what is very recent history. The tour was really well delivered too. Really great way to spend a few hours.

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York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Limited onsite parking, but plenty available nearby on the street. A one hour tour with a very knowledgeable guide. Well worth a visit if you can remember the hysteria at the time of the cold war.

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York, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Visited on 06.09.14 and went on 5pm tour, didn't get the name of the lady who led this tour but massive thanks to her, she was very informative and knowledgeable and her style meant everything was very interesting. Hour long tour was so informative and interesting that it felt like it was over in 10 mins! We arrived a minute... More

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RachaelBowers, Manager at York Cold War Bunker, responded to this review

Hi Yorkie, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review! We hope to give all our visitors the exact same high standard of tour, so I'm glad you found that to be the case. Thanks again, Rachael Site Manager. More

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